Wireless speaker celebrated for innovative shape and superior audio performance
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., July 8, 2014 -- Groundbreaking wireless speaker company Libratone has been named a Bronze Winner in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) program for the Loop, a versatile speaker that delivers FullRoom™ sound. The Loop was named a winner in the Entertainment category. A panel of 24 international design experts evaluated 2,000 entries based on innovation, benefits to the user, sustainability and the design's visual appeal.
"We are incredibly excited to be named a winner of this year's IDEA awards," said Libratone Inc. CEO Gregg Stein. "We consider our speakers' aesthetics and audiophile-grade performance to be of equal importance. Our Danish-based creative team has spent years crafting flawless iconic speaker designs and it feels wonderful to be recognized for all of that hard work."
The Loop offers 360 degree stereo sound with the convenience of wireless Airplay and DLNA streaming. It also delivers the performance and convenience of AirPlay without the need for a Wi-Fi router and complicated network setup using Libratone's patented PlayDirect™ technology. Thanks to the circular design of the speaker, the Loop disperses sound waves in multiple directions and reflects sound throughout its surroundings.
Further pushing the boundaries of home audio, every new Loop will feature built-in Spotify-Connect technology for seamless music streaming. Users will be able to enjoy uninterrupted wireless playback from a limitless music library without draining the battery life of the speaker. All new Libratone speakers have also been outfitted with HTC-enabled technology that allows HTC owners to share content with any speaker via a simple "three-finger swipe up" the screen of their smart phone. Current Loop owners will be able to upgrade their speakers with HTC and Spotify-Connect through a firmware update via Libratone's updated iOS or Android app.
IDSA will formally award these honors at the 2014 International Conference in Austin, TX at the Austin Hilton on August 13, 2014. In addition, IDSA will announce a number of top honors, including the Best in Show, Curators Choice, People's Choice and the Sustainability Awards for 2014. To learn more about this year's winners or for more detail about the jury please visit http://www.idsa.org/idea-2014-gallery
Libratone is a global wireless speaker company that marries beautiful design with exceptional sound in its lineup of easy-to-use, beautifully crafted products. With a mission to free consumers from the traditionally clunky black boxes and compromised audio quality that dominates the speaker market today, Libratone offers a range of products including in-home sound bars, smaller units for multi-room use, and a fully portable battery-powered version, all draped in Italian wool covers, vibrant colors and shapes that integrate with modern home decor. Headquartered globally in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with U.S. headquarters outside Boston, Libratone has been dedicated to delivering freedom and purity of sound through its speakers since 2009.
Now in its 34th year, the International Design Excellence Awards program (IDEA), fosters business and public understanding about the impact of design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. The IDEA program is regarded as one of the most preeminent design competitions in the nation with its scope and influence reaching far beyond the US.